5 Tips To Help Pets Adjust To Holiday Guests


Will you be having guests over for the holidays this week?  We know that things can get busy this time of year.  With all of the new faces, smells, and foods, it’s important to keep your pet’s safety in mind while you celebrate.  These tips will help keep your pets well behaved, less stressed, and prepared for your holiday guests.

Pet Behavior Tips:

  • Reinforce Training Beforehand – Before the holiday guests arrive, reinforce “sits” and ignore pets jumping up.  You can also teach your dog to wait behind a line away from the door or to go to a dog bed when guests first enter the home.
  • Place Them In A Separate Room – If your pet is not well trained, or is easily excited/scared, it might be best to keep your pet in another room or in a crate while holiday guests arrive.  This will keep your pet from running to your guests (or out the door).  
  • Pass On Holiday Costumes – Unless you know that your pet is comfortable with wearing a costume, it’s safe to assume they will find it uncomfortable.  Many costumes are itchy, heavy and confining.  If your pet looks uncomfortable, take the costume off to reduce stress.
  • Don’t Give Table Scraps – As a general rule of thumb, you should avoid giving your pets table scraps.  Remind your guests that certain holiday foods can be dangerous to cats and dogs.  Give your pets a special treat of their own if you don’t want them to feel left out!
  • Exercise Beforehand – Don’t skip your daily walk!  Exercise is important for your pet’s health, but it will also help them release any pent up energy before your holiday party.

Take a look at this article for more pet behavior tips for the holidays.

Do you have any questions about how to keep your pet happy and healthy this holiday season?  Contact one of our offices below:

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